News: True Blood, Taylor Lautner, Marriott, HIV, North Carolina

RoadWe're all f**ked.

RoadSour grapes: James Dobson and Elaine Donnelly lament LGBT rights in the military.

KwantenRoadTrue Blood premiere breaks social media record.

RoadHere's the donkey semen drinking stunt that never made it to Fear Factor. "If you watch this video with your eyes closed, it's like hearing sounds from the Scientology Center's massage room."

RoadGay bashing reported at NYC 'Yotel'.

RoadRyan Gosling wanted for 50 Shades of Grey adaptation.

RoadWisconsin and Texas join Montana in adding marriage equality to Democratic Party state planks.

RoadAustralian MPs backing marriage equality get hate mail: "Several MPs from all sides of politics, including senior ministers Penny Wong and Anthony Albanese, Labor MP Stephen Jones, Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young and New South Wales Liberal MP Catherine Cusack, have received angry responses to their support for same-sex marriage. Deputy leader of the Greens Adam Bandt described some of his correspondence as ''vitriolic'. 'It is unfortunate that supporters of equal love are the target of abuse, and I hope it doesn't become an inevitable part of the path to equality,' he said."

RoadAdam Lambert 'trespasses' at G-A-Y nightclub in London.

RoadLindsay Lohan totals Porsche in accident.

LautnerRoadTaylor Lautner drops an underwear shot for his Twitter followers.

RoadConservative British MP Liam Fox calls same-sex marriage "social engineering": "This is a contentious issue but I have to say that I am much more in favour of social mobility than social engineering. I think that the vast majority of the public have a completely different set of priorities from what I would call the metropolitan elite and I think they will be looking for economic and social issues to be dealt with first."

Road"Straight" is not a compliment.

RoadKe$ha performs commitment ceremony for lesbian friends.

RoadMaine Democrats come out for marriage equality fundraiser: "Sunday’s 5th annual Maine Dems Have Pride celebration at Restaurant Grace in downtown Portland attracted well more than 100 people who paid at least $35 each for the brunch event. Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant said the proceeds would support the party’s operations, including advocacy for the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum."

RoadMale model fix: Justin Clynes.

MarriottRoadMormon-owned Marriott launches Pride campaign. "We are proud of this campaign and of our long-standing reputation for our commitment to diversity and inclusion," says Joanna Todd, vice president, segment strategy. "Our core strength lies in our ability to embrace differences and make everyone feel respected and valued when they visit and stay in our hotels. Later this year, we will also launch new campaigns to reach African American and Latino audiences."

RoadHumanist group charges North Carolina violated the first amendment by allowing voting in churches that advocated anti-gay political stances.

RoadAzealia banks quits Twitter, hip-hop.

RoadScientists find key piece of puzzle in mystery of why certain people are able to fight the HIV virus better: "Only about one person in 300 has the ability to control the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) without drugs, using a strain of "killer" cells called cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) cells, previous research has found. Taking that discovery further, scientists from the United States, Canada, Japan and Germany reported that the strain has molecules called receptors that are better able to identify HIV-infected white blood cells for attack. Until now, it was well known that people with HIV 'have tonnes of these killer cells,' Bruce Walker, an infectious diseases expert at the Ragon Institute in Massachusetts, told AFP."

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  1. Just saw TB season 4 finale (we're a season behind) and cannot wait for s5.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 11, 2012 3:38:31 PM

  2. Wow! Does Taylor Lautner have that Ricky Martin vibe going on!

    Posted by: 99% | Jun 11, 2012 3:53:29 PM

  3. Oh not trick us into visiting L. KIWI's website/blog. "Straight is not a compliment" means we have to confront another of his rants when this website is already his overactive podium.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 11, 2012 3:59:24 PM

  4. It seems that the Texas Democratic Party adding marriage equality to their official platform is bigger news than Montana. I would have thought that it would have received its own post.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 11, 2012 4:07:20 PM

  5. The world is at it's tipping point? Oh great, they'll blame it on the gays! They said it would unleash devastation and destroy the earth if we wanted equality!


    Posted by: TDOT | Jun 11, 2012 4:15:31 PM

  6. @99% I also looked at pic and first thought it was RM. Good pic, because I usually don't find TL my type.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 11, 2012 4:15:46 PM

  7. The Marriott Corporation is NOT "Mormon-owned." Not only is the phrase misleading, it is simply false. Marriott is a publicly traded company owned by thousands of shareholders.

    The Marriott family, which still plays a role in the company, is Mormon, but the company is not "Mormon-owned." It is certainly not owned by the Mormon church. Marriott has been consistenly ranked as supportive of the LGBT community.

    For the record, I am not an employee nor do I own stock except through a mutual fund. And I'm not Mormon either.

    Posted by: james | Jun 11, 2012 4:22:35 PM

  8. "We're all f**ked"

    Oh please. I'm tired of these moonbat articles that say we're all going up in flames. The seas are rising and the Rocky Mountains will be oceanfront property tomorrow.

    Shutup. How many billions of years has the Earth been here? And in our lifetime, all hell is going to break loose.

    Honey, we are all here in the blink of an eye to eternity.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 11, 2012 4:24:05 PM

  9. Taylor Lautner nice pic,your workouts and diet are doing you good....But why should I see this with a older person?

    Posted by: gb | Jun 11, 2012 4:37:57 PM

  10. alan - moonbat science?

    climate change science is irrefutable. the changes are already starting... and the future chances of our species over the next hundred years is grim if we don't make this into a Manhattan Project sized effort.

    You're right that the earth will still be here regardless of what happens, but that doesn't mean most other species will be. And while the human prospects of survival may be a bit better than most (but not all) other species, the question will be how many and how well will we survive. I will surmise the answer to those questions is 'more and better' if we take climate change seriously.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jun 11, 2012 5:05:00 PM

  11. a) Elaine Donnelly--yet another example of a straight woman leading a homophobic crusade, directed primarily at gay men

    b) I don't know what Greater Power is driving this universe but it seems that Power does not want us to have a good life here on Earth, because every discovery we make that makes life better ends up hurting us in some way, it seems (whether it is fossil fuels, nuclear energy, or what have you)

    c) Marriott is not owned by the Mormons

    d) True Blood is a truly stupid show, but that dude in the photo is smoking, smoking, smoking hot and it was worth sitting through all the nonsense last night just to look at him

    e) A "story" that is actually just a link to Little Kiwi's website? Seriously? Just speechless over that one, as I am sure others are.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 11, 2012 5:20:04 PM

  12. The shot of Taylor is Photoshopped.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 11, 2012 5:24:36 PM

  13. I agree with some of the others. Kiwi hasn't changed his blog since November 2011, and now that he has - it's news?

    Posted by: JellyBean | Jun 11, 2012 5:30:09 PM

  14. The Lautner pic is faked. See boyculture.

    Posted by: Ken | Jun 11, 2012 5:31:15 PM

  15. Ryan Kwanten is the big secret of True Blood -- not only will his character develop more than others over time -- but we will see him after TB most likely. I think he is a much better actor than he seems (due to his character mostly) and boy is he good-looking and polite in public -- saw him at a cafe in Santa Monica last month and he is very hot (though normal looking) in person.

    Posted by: David B. | Jun 11, 2012 5:40:28 PM

  16. God, isn't it enough that we have to suffer Little Kiwi, straight up pushing people around with comments, you are also linking to his posts.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 11, 2012 5:42:04 PM

  17. And, Go Azealia Banks!

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 11, 2012 5:43:41 PM

  18. You know, I love this blog. It's an impressive feat to be able to gather and compile so much information from all areas of our culture and politics. Andy and the others provide us with so much every day and I want to say how important and valuable it all is to me. But please oh please oh PLEASE stop telling us that anything that has been publicly released has been "dropped." It makes you sound like a music rep from WKRP, with a coke razor necklace and a bad combover. Really, you have used up your lifetime supply of that phrase and now it's just sad. All good love and well wishes but sometimes a person just has to be honest to those he loves.

    Posted by: stranded | Jun 11, 2012 5:44:56 PM

  19. link to little kiwi? iz u trollin', andy? smh

    Posted by: pahima | Jun 11, 2012 5:52:36 PM

  20. I have never been a "True Blood" follower so the episode made very little sense to me- but I agree it's worth sitting through to catch a glimpse of Mr Kwanten beauty...

    Posted by: jaragon | Jun 11, 2012 6:12:16 PM

  21. So, regarding the bashing incident at the Yotel, can anyone confirm that actually happened, because I've seen some people flat out saying it's a quite fabricated story. Anyone have info on that?

    Also, good to see Dems across the country finally step up to the plate and start truly supporting us by action instead of just by words.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 11, 2012 6:27:49 PM

  22. kiwi is awesome and TR *regularly* posts opinion pieces (as well as occasionally posting less-useful gossip pieces)... y'all KIWI haters have no legs to stand on. you may now SASHAY...AWAY.

    Posted by: redball | Jun 11, 2012 6:39:40 PM

  23. Thanks Kiwi, oops, I mean Redball!

    Posted by: EYEROLL | Jun 11, 2012 7:15:47 PM

  24. Don't feed the narcissist, Andy... Just say no to the hairy fruit ;)

    Posted by: Jack | Jun 11, 2012 8:42:20 PM

  25. My favorite part of the TB season opener was the prissy little Religious Right preacher from season 2 announcing he was a "proud gay American vampire" and in love with Jason. The actor is PERFECT at portraying the kind of repressed gay right-wing fundie who eventually gets caught with their hand in the cookie jar, if you define "cookie jar" as "a rent-boy's underwear."

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 11, 2012 10:25:19 PM

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